the beauty of God’s edge
flattening black walnut with a router and jig
more looking, more composing
smoothing and shaping edges
smoothing and joining white oak
assembling white oak panels
white oak and black walnut adjusted and clamped for scribing
knife scribing every curve
the white oak panel marked and ready to cut
rough cutting on the bandsaw, staying about 1/16th to 1/8th away from the scribed line
cutting the line deeper
paring away the waste to establish a shoulder along the scribe-line
making the shoulders broad and deep
chopping and paring right up to the line
the shoulder becomes a jig to cut the rest of the piece right to the line using a pattern bit and router
after cutting a slot for a floating tenon, dry-fitting pieces
the floating tenons cut and laid out
tenons glued in
glued and clamped
joining and smoothing the new edges
on to the next step…
5 thoughts on “The Champion Table Build, Part 1: Compose, Scribe and Fit”
Very interesting project. How does this intriguing design account for the differing seasonal expansion and contraction characteristics of walnut and white oak along curving joint lines? Just curious. Thanks for showing your technique in detail. It opens up a realm possibilities. I’m always glad when your blog shows up in my inbox.
Thank you, Don. I always enjoy hearing from you. As to your question, I made sure to orient parallel all the grain of the top. The walnut curves are sections of a longer piece, and the oak, as it fills the “negative space”, is running in the same direction as the walnut it encounters. So expansion and contraction should be relatively even across the curve. The only place where there is a joint of perpendicular grain is the breadboard ends (which haven’t appeared yet in this post), and they are attached via tongue and groove and draw-bored mortise and tenons, sans-glue. I hope that explanation is coherent, Don. Let me know if I could explain any point more.
I do like your lighting concept in the workshop Jack.
Thank you, Ernest.
Even if it is to make photos it still makes a nice atmosphere.